Bristol Palin's Three-Episode Stint on "Dancing with the Stars" Will Double the Population of Wasilla
With all due disgust to every media outlet falling over each other to throw piles of money at the Wasilla Hillbillies, I'm not sure I'm on board with the call to blame Bristol Palin's obnoxious "celebrity" status for a supposed rise in teen pregnancies in her home town…
They’re going to look at this as, Bristol Palin got pregnant as a teen, and now she is famous! They will see her being offered multiple opportunities, being cast on a sitcom, joining the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”, all while making hundreds of thousands of dollars. For many teens it will appear that the road to success is through unprotected sex…
And many other extremely disturbing and jaw dropping messages. I think that having Bristol on television dancing along with those other so-called celebrities is just going to reinforce the idea in the minds of many teens that having a baby can make you glamorous and famous, and you will get tons of attention. Which of course is absolutely ridiculous! Yet many of these girls are just screaming for attention and believe this is a way to get it.
"All I need to do to make it onto the cover of People is get Justin to put a baby into my belly. But, first, I've got to get my mom to run for vice-president of the United States. How do I go about making that happen?"
I'm quite well aware that 14-year-olds aren't known for their critical reasoning skills, but if they're going out in droves and getting knocked up to follow in the footsteps of their hero Bristol Palin, shouldn't the blame really fall on the parents of those little girls and not the beleaguered TV producer who desperately brought Sarah Palin's daughter's name up in a pitch meeting in a last ditch effort to not get fired. I'm not sure in whose hands we're placing our children's future, but I hope it's not the guy who's trying to score a bunch of coke for Friday night's premiere party.
(via The Daily Dish)
Tags: Abstinence, Bristol Palin, Dancing with the Stars, Television, Wasilla